46 sheep savagely killed by roaming dogs in Roscommon.
For anyone concerned about animal welfare the pictures of the aftermath are truly disgusting.
The affect on the livelihood of farmers is also significant when this happens.
Often pet dogs can roam outside their urban areas into nearby sheep country and do immense damage to pregnant ewes.
Owners are sometimes completely unaware that their darling Spot ( who they clean up after every time he does his business on the main street) can turn into a savage killer at night when he forms hunting packs with other dogs.
In this case it may be wild dogs.
Should farmers be given a freer hand in dealing with this or is it just a matter of extra insurance or compensation?
At a minimum should dog control laws and requirement for licences be enforced?